Speaker Quinn not only doesn't address the community needs but you can't even reach the office. Call her phone number (212) 788-7210 and you will receive no answer but a voice recording stating "I'm sorry, there is no room to record your message". Her district office's response is to continue calling the number until someone picks up and her press office informs me to email her. However I send several emails with NO response. Speaker Quinn HAS TO GO.
Simply Put The Speaker is Wrong
And so is any member of the Council of color that did not speak up against this new revision to the city’s campaign finance law in the democratic caucus meetings (you know who you are).
This law is wrong for the very basic fact that it is local government trying to determine which political speech ought to be heard the loudest and that is emphatically wrong.
But there are other reasons:
1. Limiting contributions for some while doing nothing the decrease the very clear advantage of wealthy candidates like Mayor Bloomberg is unconscionable;
Isn’t Speaker Quinn’s dad a veteran?
In yesterday’s NY Daily News article about City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s first year as Speaker, Councilman Charles Barron is quoted as saying: "Instead of being the 'People's House', the Council almost has become the 'Mayor's House.” While you may or may not agree with the quote, there are a lot of people that do.
While a majority of New Yorker’s seem to believe that veteran issues are a federal issue (they are not), when Speaker Quinn came in, there were many within the veteran’s community that believed we had a true supporter and advocate. Ms. Quinn, along with former Councilmember Margarita Lopez was at the forefront of fighting to keep the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals open during the VA CARES process. It was noted that Ms. Quinn’s dad is a veteran and her partner’s father was a veteran as well. When she became Speaker she continued the veterans committee and made it a standing committee.